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    Question Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Newbie here. I've got a big pile of samples from The Perfumed Court, and one of my favorites so far is Niki de Saint Phalle -- which, I was delighted to learn, is dead easy to find on eBay for not much money at all! I can get it new, I can get it old, opened & partially used or still sealed, in EDT or parfum in the groovy snake-lidded bottles or the zodiac sign of my choice. On a volume basis, even new, it's about the second-cheapest thing I've liked, after Demeter's Thunderstorm (which was $23/4 oz on Amazon). This is a relief, since other samples that I've liked the most are, oh, fifteen times that (I'm looking at you, Frederic Malle ). En Passant is truly beautiful, and it suits me, but although it's completely different I think I like NdSP just as well, and I can afford to wear as much of it as I like.

    What gems have you learned are cheap and plentiful?
    Currently wearing: Eutopie No. 6 by Eutopie

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    Halston by Halston, just get the bottle without the white signature. Available in Marshall's, TJMaxx, CVS, etc for between 10 and 20 dollars. One of my top favorites.

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    I know Nu by YSL seems to be discontinued now, but a few years ago I found two 1.7 oz (edp) bottles at $10 each! At Marshalls Brand new with the cellophane paper untouched... I usually look at the bottom of the box to see if it has been messed with... some people open them by the bottom and then reseal them with tape! lol

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    I like Habanita by Molinard. You can get it off Amazon for about $25! Also, I always look in Marshall's and TJ MAXX. You never know what bargains you'll find. I once got a Badgley Mischka gift set for $20!!! (Full size)

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    I like Cuba Gold, a tobacco Le Male with very good longevity and sillage.
    5usd for a great fragrance (with a great package too)

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    Check out the unsung treasures thread.Also I read that En Passant and one of the Ferre fragrances are near twins and by the same perfumer.

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    Ah yes I agree with Halston, infact I was able to get the perfume spray for a few pounds. Bought four of them and now on last one. Also Habanita but try to get the older formula in the black, it now comes in clear I believe and has been reformulated.

    Tastes do change fragrances which you could get really cheap like Crown Perfumery now go for really big money. I bought mine for £2.50 a bottle now I see them for £100+!!! Avon some of their older classics are still cheap and they are excellent quality. Occur an old chypre now discontinued when I bought was £1.99.

    Sometimes on ebay(but be very careful and ask questions from the seller etc), some will sell a part used bottle of high end niche, always keep a eye out for these.
    DONNA

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    My favourite cheapies/but goodies are Fleur d'Oranger by Fragonard,
    Un Jour Se Leve by Yves Rocher, Casaque by Tuvache and LouLou by Cacharel.
    A woman without perfume is like a flower without a scent.

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    It would definitely be Habanita for me. It is sensational (even more so given its price)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bookwyrmsmith View Post
    Check out the unsung treasures thread.Also I read that En Passant and one of the Ferre fragrances are near twins and by the same perfumer.
    Is it not Iris Poudre you mean? Many find it alike to Ferre. But IMO, Ferre is Iris Poudre ripped from all things good. Kind of IP on a low budget :-( The parfumeur behind both scents is Pierre Bourdon.

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    For a cheap En Passant you may want to give Yves Rocher Pour Desir de Lilas a go. They are of course not the same, but you might enjoy the YR scent.

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    Default Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Perfumers Workshop Tea Rose
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    Grès Cabaret, which I bought for around $20 on ebay with free shipping. You might find it for even less. That's a lovely, dry, light rosey chypre. Nice quality, imo, and cheap as chips.

    +1 for Halston and Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose.

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    Niki de Saint Phalle is a wonderful green leather. A classic!

    I would say for $25.00 USD, the bath oil of Estee Lauder Youth Dew is a bargain. This works as a pure perfume and works well for both men and women. Warm, rich and sensual.

    The notes (from the Estee site) Need I say more?

    Top Notes

    * Rose
    * Jonquil
    * Lavender


    Middle Notes

    * Jasmine
    * Muguet
    * Spices


    Base Notes

    * Moss
    * Vetiver
    * Patchouli

    http://www.esteelauder.com/product/6...Oil/index.tmpl
    "No elegance is possible without it...perfume is a part of you." Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

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    Avon Occur... just look at those base notes, Carven Ma Griff is cheap as chips on e-bay, look out for the older parfum, it's tons better. Madame Rochas is lovely, especially the older one. I quite liked Virgin V but it was a bit synthetic smelling.
    Currently wearing: Civet by Houbigant

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    Default Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Provocative Woman edp by Elizabeth Arden with notes of lilies, orchid, freesia, amber and sweet woods.
    Around $18.00 for a 1.7 oz bottle
    Currently wearing: Beloved by American Beauty

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    i know this isnt exactly an answer to your question, but I think the best way to buy cheap is to buy used, I dont see any shame in used bottles

    Also, Diesel for men PLUS PLUS was always heavily discounted and I absolutely love that perfume, its easy to find for $9.99

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    Wings for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills!!!
    WELCOME TO BASENOTES EugeniaLOL!!!
    Gary

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    should also add bal a versailles

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    I second bal a versailles. Also Emeraude is still inexpensive and delicious.
    Currently wearing: Civet by Houbigant

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    Quote Originally Posted by bookwyrmsmith View Post
    Check out the unsung treasures thread.
    Yes, do! That is a terrific thread, with so many great recommendations your head will spin.

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    Coty's L'Aimant smells almost exactly like Chanel N°5,
    and you can get the 1,7oz Parfum de Toilette for under
    $10.

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    Default Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Coty Wild Woods for Men is wonderful. Cheap as anything, I think I paid @ $10 for my bottle, but smells a lot more $$$.
    "I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain
    Currently wearing: Aimez-Moi by Caron

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    For anyone who's playing along, some LINKS:


    Related threads in Male Fragrance Discussion:


    I'm sure there's more, but that's what I found so far.

    And thank you, Gary! <waves>
    Currently wearing: Eutopie No. 6 by Eutopie

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    Default Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    What a great list of links !

    Bodycology 's White Gardenia body mist is a near dupe of Michael Kors' Michael and it's only $3.99 from Target. The EDP of White Gardenia is $7.99 . I knew the smell was very familiar and compared the two side by side on my skin.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/370...o-Profumo-Onda
    For sale. Carnal Flower and Vero Profumo Onda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonsai View Post
    Is it not Iris Poudre you mean? Many find it alike to Ferre. But IMO, Ferre is Iris Poudre ripped from all things good. Kind of IP on a low budget :-( The parfumeur behind both scents is Pierre Bourdon.
    Sorry -my mistake!

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    ''Unsung Treasures'' is my downfall. I have a list as long as my arm of ''things I want to smell'' right now!!!!
    www.aafke-art.com

    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
    ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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    Wow, look at those links! I'll be persuing those for a good long while.

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    I am not even halfway through the Unsung Treasures thread and my head is spinning....great work on the links!

    I am adding another + 1 for Coty's Wild Woods, as well as Unbound by Halston.

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    Default Re: Cheap, under-rated things: Your favorite bargains

    Nice choices!

    +1 for PW Tea Rose, Habanita and Niki de Saint Phalle, Youth Dew. Hail Estee Lauder!
    Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses.
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